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[vi-vey-shuhs, vahy-]
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  1. lively; animated; spirited: a vivacious folk dance.
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Origin of vivacious

First recorded in 1635–45; vivaci(ty) + -ous
Related formsvi·va·cious·ly, adverbvi·va·cious·ness, nounun·vi·va·cious, adjectiveun·vi·va·cious·ly, adverbun·vi·va·cious·ness, noun

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Related Words for vivacious

active, alert, animate, animated, brash, breezy, bubbling, cheerful, ebullient, effervescent, exuberant, frolicsome, gay, happy, high-spirited, jolly, keen, lighthearted, merry, playful

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British Dictionary definitions for vivacious


  1. full of high spirits and animation; lively or vital
  2. obsolete having or displaying tenacity of life
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Derived Formsvivaciously, adverbvivaciousness, noun

Word Origin for vivacious

C17: from Latin vīvax lively; see vivace
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Word Origin and History for vivacious


1640s, from Latin vivax (genitive vivacis) "lively, vigorous" (see vivacity). Related: Vivaciously.

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